Do you enjoy making Christmas tree ornaments with your kiddos as much as I do? Every year since my son, Onetime, was born – we have made a special ornament together to add to our tree and to give to our family and close friends.
This year – our handmade ornament was inspired by one of my favourite Christmas books, Just Right for Christmas, and it turned out just beautifully!
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The Inspiration for Our Ornament…
If you’ve visited my blog before – you know that I’m addicted to kids’ picture books and love to plan activities and art around books that I share with my son.
When I first found “Just Right for Christmas“ by Birdie Black & Rosalind Beardshaw last year, I immediately fell in love with it – and knew Onetime would love it too (and he does)!
It has adorably painted illustrations with fun people and animal characters. Its text and story repeats in a pleasant, sing song way that is easy for kids to start to chime in on, AND most importantly – it’s MESSAGE is just right! (LOL)
The idea is that all the people and animals in the story are trying to find the perfect gift for their loved ones.
A large piece of bright red and “Chrismassy” cloth is used first by a King to make a special cloak for his daughter, then the leftover scraps are found and used by a maid to make a handmade gift for her child.
The scraps of fabric get passed on and the cloth pieces gets smaller and smaller until eventually a tiny mouse mother finds the very last scrap and uses it to make a scarf for her little Billy.
Message: The story inspires the reader to truly think about giving from the heart – and the handmade gifts all show how the most important part of a gift is that it is given with LOVE!
I highly recommend this book for kids aged 2 to 8. It even made my top 15 Christmas Books that will Bring Your Family Closer list.
A Just Right for Christmas Ornament
Whether you read the book or not, this adorable ornament is fun and easy to make, takes little prep, and ends up looking beautiful!
If you read the book and make the ornament – it can serve as a reminder of the important lessons in this beautiful Christmas story, while also allowing kids the opportunity to make something homemade for someone they love!
StyroFoam Craft Balls – 2″, 2 1/2″ or 3″
White Glue or Mod Podge
A variety of Christmas coloured Fabric Scraps – it’s nice to have a mix of solids and patterns of red and greens
A BBQ skewer or long thin stick
Twine or coloured string
Coloured Wooden Beads
- Cut up a whole bunch of approximately 1″ x 1″ squares of “Christmassy” fabric! (I did most of the cutting using sewing shears. Older children can do this part themselves.)
- Using the skewer, poke a hole through the middle of the foam ball and push a piece of twine all the way through. Tie a knot at each end of the ball to hold the twine in place.
- Cover the ball with glue and stick on the fabric squares so that they overlap and the foam ball is completely covered. (We used a wide paintbrush to apply the glue – and liberally “painted” over top of the fabric to make sure the pieces stuck down flat.) Let the fabric covered ball dry.
- Add beads as desired. Tie one end of the twine in to a loop for hanging.
(P.S. I would love to have pictures for you of the process – but alas – I did this blog post last minute and my camera battery died as I was trying to get photos this afternoon! But trust me – this is an EASY craft!!!)
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Today’s post is a part of the gigantic 10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas Blog Hop! Check out the other awesome bloggers who posted today:
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The Life of Jennifer Dawn | Wood Slice Ornament
Adventures of Adam | Norman The Slug Who Saved Christmas Ornament
Mama Smiles | Polymer Clay Snowman Ornaments
Buggy and Buddy | Button Star Christmas Ornament
Kitchen Floor Crafts | Mitten Ornaments
Montessori Nature | Christmas Star Kid-Made Ornament
Click on the picture below to find other fun Christmas ornaments inspired by kids’ books.
Will you give this a try? Do you have any questions? Let me know in the comments below. Your comments make my day!
Wishing you a Just Right Christmas!